GE combined cycle system shipped for power plant in Greece

Athens, April 15, 2011 — GE has shipped advanced gas turbine combined-cycle equipment for the Megalopolis Power Plant in Central Peloponnesus, Greece.

The combined-cycle package will replace four coal-fired units at the site to help the country meet both its energy and environmental goals.

Last year, Terna S.A., an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm in Greece, awarded GE a $130 million contract to provide equipment and services for the project.

The existing lignite units at the site are scheduled to be shut down due to their environmental impact. The new project, featuring a GE 209FB combined-cycle package, will provide additional power to the grid and help provide grid stability by insuring an adequate supply of new energy, while  reducing emissions compared to the lignite units.

Over the past 10 years, GE has supplied natural gas-fired technology for new power plants across Greece totaling about 3.5 GW of additional power.

"We are proud of the strong relationships we have developed in Greece, and the role that our technology continues to play in helping the country address its energy security and environmental challenges," said Ricardo Cordoba, president of GE Energy Western Europe & North Africa.

GE's contract for the new Megalopolis project includes the supply of two Frame 9FB gas turbines, one GE D11 steam turbine, three 330H generators and some additional services. Commercial operation is expected in the fourth quarter of 2012.

The plant will have a net output of more than 800 MW and will be one of the region's most efficient power generation stations.

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